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Spotlight on Kenyatta's economic blueprint

16 April 2013, 13:41

Nairobi - Kenya’s eleventh Parliament since independence from Britain in 1963 convenes today as focus shifts to new President Uhuru Kenyatta's blueprint on reviving the country's struggling economy.

Kenyatta will open the House and use his maiden speech in the combined Senate and Parliament sitting to set the tone for his government's roadmap for the next five years.

The sitting comes in the wake loud murmurings of discontent in opposition circles that Kenyatta’s party is conniving with smaller parties to clampdown on dissent in parliament.

His political nemesis - former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka - that fear a dominant government backed by fringe parties might “kill” opposition in parliament, mortally wounding democracy in the country.

Kenyatta has been “sweet-talking” several minor parties to form alliances with his The National Alliance (TNA) to gain an absolute majority to control parliamentary and senate business.

Fireworks are expected in the House, with the opposition warning that they will put the new administration on it toes "like never before".

"There is a blatant attempt to kill the opposition and we are not going to allow this. We are going to ensure things run as they should," Odinga said in Nairobi early today.

Meanwhile, Kenyatta has recalled all ambassadors and envoys serving in various foreign postings as he begins plans to review the country's foreign policy.

Cabinet Secretary Francis Kimemia said the recall would help the new administration to do a quick review of the country's policies with regards to diplomatic relations. Kimemia said the envoys have one week to report to Nairobi.

"The charge D'Affaires, deputy ambassadors and deputy high commissioners will look after the affairs of the foreign stations until further notice," Kimemia said yesterday.

 It is expected Kenyatta will assign his loyalists to key stations.

 - CAJ News



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